Vol­un­teers bring life to base’s Fisher House

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JALENE A. BROOKS 11th Wing Pub­lic Af­fairs

Nearly 30 Joint Base An­drews airmen vol­un­teered to help bring life to the base’s Fisher House by clean­ing and re­vamp­ing the land­scape, as well as dec­o­rat­ing for fall fes­tiv­i­ties on Oct. 12 and Oct. 17.

The Fisher House Foun­da­tion is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides free hous­ing for vet­er­ans and ac­tive duty mil­i­tary mem­bers who re­quire med­i­cal treat­ment at a mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity far­ther than 50 miles from their res­i­dence.

Veron­ica Har­ris, the house’s man­ager, hopes the new land­scap­ing pro­vides a wel­com­ing feel to vis­i­tors and res­i­dents.

“We want to pro­vide a clean, col­or­ful, ap­peal­ing place where our ser­vice mem­bers and even the base com­mu­nity can en­joy life free from fi­nan­cial and med­i­cal bur­dens and stress,” she said.

The Fisher House vol­un­teers took a more fes­tive ap­proach to dec­o­rat­ing the homes in­te­rior. By adding spi­ders, pump­kins, stream­ers, scare­crows and candy, they hope make the halfway home en­joy­able for trick-or-treaters en­joy­ing the up­com­ing Fall Fes­ti­val at the base on Oct. 31.

A group of airmen pose for a photo af­ter clean­ing and dec­o­rat­ing the Fisher House for fall fes­tiv­i­ties dur­ing a beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project on Joint Base An­drews on Oct. 17. The Fisher House Foun­da­tion is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides free hous­ing for vet­er­ans and ac­tive duty mil­i­tary mem­bers who re­quire med­i­cal treat­ment at a mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity that is fur­ther than 50 miles from their res­i­dence.

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